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      The WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program

      The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.
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      The goal of the program is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields. Johnson & Johnson looks to identify global women leading in both their research fields and leading as mentors, to be a vision for girls and other women in STEM2D.


      By offering these awards, Johnson & Johnson hopes to play an influential role in STEM2D breakthroughs in the future.
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      WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program update

      Over the past six years, the WiSTEM2D Scholar’s program has been fortunate enough to advance the careers of brilliant women. Effective August 2023, we plan to restructure and realign our program, aiming to open applications in Q3 of 2024 to select a 2025 cohort. Therefore, we will not be opening our application portal this year. An announcement will be made once 2024-2025 plans are confirmed.
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      Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program

      Our 2023 WiSTEM2D Scholar’s Program winners

      A headshot of aura Baranello, Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2016

      Laura Baranello, Ph.D.
      Karolinska Institutet

      A headshot of WISTEM2d Scholars Award Program Awardee Amanda Mejia, Ph.D. Indiana University

      Amanda Mejia, Ph.D.
      Indiana University

      A headshot of WISTEM2d Scholars Award Program Awardee Mahla Poudineh, Ph.D., University of Waterloo

      Mahla Poudineh, Ph.D.
      University of Waterloo

      A headshot of WISTEM2d Scholar's Award Program awardee Ximin He, Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles

      Ximin He, Ph.D.
      University of California, Los Angeles

      A headshot of WISTEM2d Award Winner Haucheng Zhang, Ph.D.  of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

      Haucheng Zhang, Ph.D.
      Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

      A headshot of WISTEM2d Scholar Award Winner Laia Mogas-Soldevila

      Laia Mogas-Soldevila, Ph.D.
      The University of Pennsylvania

      Meet the past WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program winners

      2022 WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Winners

      The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program winners have big ideas—and an even bigger drive to inspire other women studying science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design to pursue their dreams, too.

      2021 WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Winners

      Garnering more than 650 applications from 40 countries, the Company recognizes female researchers for their groundbreaking work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D). Each recipient will receive $150,000 in funding and three years of mentorship from Johnson & Johnson to investigate optimizing cancer immunotherapy, reducing health and climate impacts of plastic, promoting off-grid production of fresh water, advancing urogynecological health, and improving hand function through assistive technologies.

      2020 WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Winners

      They’re the winners of the second annual Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award, thanks to such amazing innovations as tattoos that can monitor changes in your metabolism. Meet them and their groundbreaking work.

      2019 WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Winners

      A foldable, 3-D printed robot that can serve as a heart stent. Using artificial intelligence to help detect cancer. Seeking out life on other planets. These are just some of the areas of fascinating research that this year’s winners of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award are focused on in their labs across the country.

      2018 WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Winners

      Meet the six inaugural winners of the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award, which supports women at significant points in their research careers in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D). The women each will receive a total of $150,000 in funding and three years of mentorship from Johnson & Johnson leaders as well as members of the award’s Advisory Board.

      Discipline research examples

      Woman reading book

      Quantitative framework (numbers, quantities, shapes, abstract principles and problem solving) for describing the world.

      Wistem manufacturing

      Creating something from raw materials by hand or by machinery.

      A photo of a woman wearing a hard hat at a job site

      The practical application of science and math skills to everyday life.

      Woman working on computers

      Science or knowledge put to practical use to solve problems, invent useful tools, envision new possibilities or establish meaningful connections between people and the world that surrounds them.

      A photo of test tubes and pipettes

      Observing, studying and experimenting in an effort to better understand the natural world and how it works.

      Woman completing an architecture drawing

      A collaborative activity that results in better human experiences by uncovering unmet needs and championing meaningful relationships through user-friendly products, environments and systems.

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